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By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 31, 2014

Treat Your Halloween Pix to These Photoshop Tricks

Transform your Halloween photos into ghoulish visions

It’s Halloween! Plenty of pictures will be taken of this year’s pageantry and frights—and there’s plenty of techniques you can employ to give your pictures a haunting Halloween edge.

Here are five Photoshop tricks to make your Halloween photos a treat.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Create and Control Your Presentations in InDesign

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Many designers are called upon to give presentations. But instead of creating a PowerPoint or Keynote deck, or even a custom PDF, I suggest you present from the software you know best: InDesign.

In this video, I provide a bunch of handy tips for setting up and delivering your presentation in InDesign.

By Terry Lee Stone | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Designers: Why Bother with a Creative Brief?

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When it comes to creative work, a good creative brief is the foundation for success.

It provides a solid understanding of the client, fully describes the assignment, and is a map for your creative approach on the project. The document clearly states the client’s needs and expectations, and how this particular project will address them.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Delete Paragraphs Tabs — with InDesign Secrets

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Macs and PCs aren’t typewriters! But people still add spaces or tabs to the beginning of paragraphs in their documents. Unfortunately, it then falls to you, the designer, to remove them for layout in InDesign.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make a Pop-Up Footnote for Your eBook — in InDesign

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Footnotes transition easily to the EPUB format and now, with InDesign CC, you can make your footnotes stand out—or pop out—even more.

Learn how to transform regular footnotes into pop-ups using the EPUB Export Options dialog, in this short, fun episode of InDesign Secrets.

By Terry Lee Stone | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Designers: 4 Questions to Answer When Working with Clients

Working with clients: Get to know them first

Developing a strong working relationship with your clients means really getting to know them.

In most cases, design is just one of many pieces of a larger puzzle your client needs to solve. Try to understand your project’s place in the larger picture and how it fits into your client’s larger business goals.

The best relationship to establish with your primary client contact is as trusted collaborator—and that means getting to know what makes them tick.

Be sure you can answer these four questions before you begin working with clients:

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